Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Truex tops Pocono field for second victory of season

Truex tops Pocono field for second victory of season

Kyle Larson took home the checkered flag in the inaugural NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Pocono Raceway in 2016, a race that saw three green flag passes for the lead and six total lead changes. His wife wore a Yankees cap as they caught a baseball game and the couple attended a theater production of "Sleep No More". Nobody else is within 135 points of the leader.

Lost in the shuffle in a season where Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch have turned the Cup Series into a two-driver show, Truex came to Pocono and gave the field a reminder that he's still a driver to beat in the championship race.

The 33-year-old Busch is piling up quite the list of milestones over a 14-plus year career.

Consider, Harvick was 40th last week at Charlotte Motor Speedway as Busch celebrated his fourth win of the season.

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The 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion lost this race a year ago when he chose to start on older tires late in the race and was eventually beat by Ryan Blaney who won earned his first career victory on fresher tires.

For the most part, the three dominate cars of Harvick, Busch and Truex dominated the race on Sunday. Team Penske has generally been very competitive week-in and week-out and I certainly think Logano is capable of pulling out a win just about anywhere on the schedule. In his first full season in the Xfinity Series, the #12 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Ford has been near the top of the charts all weekend and Pocono may be a place for Austin to get his first Xfinity win and get in the Playoffs. If so, and if Busch doesn't win in September, then what's now history will be erased until he wins on the layout. This time, clean air prevailed and Busch got beat by Martin Truex Jr. when his team made a decision to stay out on older tires. Track: Pocono Raceway (oval, 2.5 miles). "It supplies us with a new challenge and, after coming into the Xfinity Series past year with nothing but an empty shop, we have proven to adapt well to change".

But the track name is the track name and the mark stands, no matter the result. There's just different things about them that I think I get along with so it's been a really cool experience. "In this sport, as tough as it is and as competitive as it is, that's really what you look for".

Busch is 0 for 13 in the Daytona 500. There's a few I missed out on over the years that I wish I would have been able to get. "So, it's really hard to do here as everybody knows and we got all the way to second there at the end and the 18, us and the four were just so equally matched it felt like, speed-wise and whoever was out front was going to win it and we took a gamble". Bowman said he hasn't felt stress from replacing the retired Dale Earnhardt Jr.in the No. 88 Chevrolet.

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Chase Elliott has four Cup starts at MI with three runner-up finishes. He got back in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in late May, and NASCAR granted him a waiver to race for the title.

Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson led laps for the first time this season.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series kicks off the racing weekend on Saturday at 1PM ET with the running of the Pocono Green 250.

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